Riccardo Montolivo is an Italian footballer who plays for the Italian national team and captains Italian giants AC Milan. Montolivo has developed a reputation for being one of the best central midfielders in Italy as his club career has spanned across three Italian clubs: Atalanta, Fiorentina and AC Milan.
Montolivo was born on the 18th of January 1985 in Caravaggio, Italy and he began his youth and professional career at Atalanta where he made his debut for the club in the Serie B against Piacenza Calcio in 2003. He scored his first professional goal against AS Bari where the likes of Inter Milan were interested in signing the young Italian.
In 2005 Montolivo moved to Fiorentina where he was selected to play in Italy's Under-21 side in 2004. At the club from Florence Montolivo flourished where he played a total of 259 matches scoring 19 goals for the club. In 2010 Montolivo was appointed captain of the club after the departures of Dario Dainelli and Martin Jorgensen.
In May 2012 Montolivo signed for AC Milan on a free transfer. On the 30th of October 2012 Montolivo scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw against Palermo. He was made club captain at the club in November 2012 and has been the captain ever since. Montolivo represented Italy at several youth levels where he played with Italy at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cip and he helped his nation to the final of the 2012 UEFA EURO where they lost to Spain 4-0.